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INQUEST Lawyers Group
The INQUEST Lawyers Group (ILG) exists to support the work of INQUEST and further its objectives.
The ILG is a national pool of lawyers who are willing and able to provide preparation and legal representation for bereaved families. Membership is open to all lawyers who predominantly represent bereaved families and share INQUEST’s objectives.
Over the last thirty years, ILG members have represented bereaved families in hundreds of inquests into contentious deaths. These range from inquests into deaths in prison, police custody, psychiatric and immigration detention and deaths following other contact with state agents (such as police shootings) through to major disasters such as the Marchioness, Hillsborough, Zeebrugge and rail crashes, as well as the deaths of military personnel and accidents at work.
The ILG promotes and develops knowledge and expertise in the law and practice of inquests by acting as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience and offering training. Alongside INQUEST the ILG campaigns for reform on issues of concern – for example, for public funding to enable specialist legal representation for bereaved people at inquests.
Members of the INQUEST Lawyers Group are invited to join a specialist private email group of ILG members with circulation of regular email updates on inquest law related cases, judgments and changes in policy, procedure and practice. They also receive a subscription to Inquest Law magazine which is published three times a year. Other benefits include access to INQUEST’s casework and policy expertise; provision of media support; opportunities to input into INQUEST’s policy and campaigning work; invitations to regular meetings hosted by leading professionals to discuss current issues in inquest law and practice; the opportunity to discuss issues and network with peers at meetings and through the ILG email group; and preferential rates for INQUEST training courses.
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‘I was already working with INQUEST, which is the organisation who monitor deaths in custody, and at one AGM I told the audience that what happened to these people [killed in police custody like Chistopher Alder, Roger Sylvester and many others] could happen to any of us. And then a couple of years later, I was standing in front of them again but now it had happened to my cousin. So my family and me were now “users” of Inquest. It shows you that none of us are immune – here am I, Benjamin Zephaniah, patron of INQUEST and client of INQUEST at the same time.’
– Benjamin Zephaniah